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Mass Rescue, Solo Iceland Crossing: Adventure News of the Week

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From the inspiring to the tragic, ‘Adventure News of the Week’ presents a wrap-up of top news in the world of exploration and adventure.

SNOW: Snowboarder Helps Launch New Backcountry Freestyle Competition. World-renowned snowboarder Travis Rice has created what’s been missing in competition: a tour that combines freestyle tricks with freeriding in big-mountain backcountry terrain.

The Natural Selection Tour unveiled today and will see its first set of comps in 2021. Learn more about the tour here.

SHOES: World Athletics Sets New Rules for Shoes. World Athletics, the governing body of track and field athletics, published new rules regarding shoes that will be allowed in competitions going forward.

The new rules include restrictions on the thickness of soles and rules regarding embedded plates. The change came after a controversy over the Nike Vaporfly shoes, which were worn by several runners who set major records in 2020.

RUSSIA: Ice Fishermen Stranded in Siberia Finally Rescued. Over 500 ice fishermen became stranded on an ice floe this week. A team of emergency service personnel was safely able to rescue them after 7 hours. Read more here.

ICELAND: Polish Explorer Attempts Solo Winter Crossing of Iceland. Łukasz Supergan has set off to cross Iceland, alone and unsupported, east to west.

He departed last week and hopes to finish the 750km distance in 5-6 weeks. You can follow along on his journey here. If completed, it will be the first time anyone has done the crossing solo.

RUN: Olympian Nick Symmonds Runs First Sub-4-Minute Mile. Symmonds ran the record wearing the controversial Nike Vaporfly Next% shoes, with a time of 3 minutes 54 seconds. That’s pretty impressive, no matter what shoes he’s wearing.

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